Ellen Odoner heads the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Group, which advises U.S. and foreign public companies on corporate governance, SEC disclosure, financial restatements and internal control matters. She is one of the leaders of the Firm’s high-stakes corporate counseling team. She also specializes in merger and acquisition and securities transactions, particularly those with cross-border elements.
Ms. Odoner represents boards of directors, audit committees and other committees of independent directors in complex governance matters, including internal investigations, shareholder activism, leadership transitions, and related party transactions. She also represents the governance bodies of significant not-for-profit institutions.
Ms. Odoner is recognized in Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, Best Lawyers in America and various other publications. In Chambers USA, clients describe her as "a most trusted adviser" and praise her for being an “incredibly bright, hardworking, big-picture thinker.” She is “considered to be very experienced and very smart, and described as someone who gives very good advice but has a really nice way of working through the politics of board-related matters,” and also “brilliant, highly experienced, and really has the capacity to set the right pace and to put all of the issues in context.” Ms. Odoner was named among the “Top Women” for Mergers & Acquisitions in New York by Super Lawyers in 2015 and “Best in Corporate Governance” at the Americas Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards in 2015, and was recognized by Expert Guides’ 2014 “Women in Business Law” publication for Corporate Governance.
Ms. Odoner also has extensive experience representing non-U.S. companies in the U.S. and in structuring multi‑jurisdictional transactions to harmonize U.S. and non-U.S. regimes and obtain innovative SEC relief.
Ms. Odoner assisted the Financial Crisis Advisory Group established to advise the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board on the standard-setting implications of the global financial crisis. She lectures on legal developments affecting public companies and co-chaired an ABA Task Force on the SEC’s cross-border exemptions.
Ms. Odoner is also active in the Firm’s diversity and pro bono initiatives. She was the founding chair of Women@Weil and leads the Firm’s representation of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.